A new life for an old pair!

•September 6, 2013 • Leave a Comment


A pair of chairs that is… my mum-in-law was about to throw out these two ugly old girls when I thought ‘why not rescue them and give them a much needed makeover?’ (I can think of a few people I know who could do with the same! lol!) Anyhoo…Β  Inspired by all the DIY shows I see on tv and my own new lease of life in the Uk, that’s just what I set out to do! I had never really got my hands dirty and tried anything like this before but I’m so glad I did… it was a lot of fun and so rewarding to see the end result.

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First of all I had to sand them down, which was probably the only tedious bit of the whole process… (well until my husband came down to see what I was up to and introduced me to his hand-held sanding machine!) None the less I had to sand down most of it by hand! Then it was a just a matter of painting them a pretty colour, and for my luck, a can of pale blue paint lie in wait for me in the garage! I happened to have everything I needed for my little project right at home… except for the fabric to cover the seats but I’ll get to that in a bit! The painting was the most fun part for me! I enjoyed every stroke… felt like a real pro after a while! Then it was on to finding a fabric which would make these girls look pretty again!

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I was certain that when I saw the right fabric in the shop I would ‘just know’ and it would be as simple and straight forward as that! However mum-in-law took me to a huge home store with hundreds of rolls of printed cloth! Stripes, dots, florals and modern designs galore! I was almost about to settle for a safe and refined beige and blue striped fabric when I suddenly spotted one that captured my heart! It was cute, colourful and country-esque with little Scotties all over it and some floral print too! Scotties like the Radley logo! I quickly changed my mind and was on my way with a meter or so ofΒ  pink, blue and beige Scotties in hand! Reupholstering the seats were quite easy with a staple gun (and a little help from my MIL) asΒ  you can see from the pictures above. Then it was a matter of screwing the seats back on to the chairs and Voila! They were done! They looked so pretty and brand new! I was so very proud of them.. take a look and see what you think! Still not sure what to do with ’em though as they don’t really fit in with the colour schemes at our house but I might keep ’em for sentimental reasons! πŸ˜‰

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The before and after is quite something.. hope you might be inspired to rescue and restore something old in your house too.. it might turn into your favourite piece of furniture in your home!



Colour your Computer!

•August 27, 2013 • Leave a Comment

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I just saw these cool stickers for iphones and imacs available through this awesome vendor on Etsy! I just love them and wanted to quickly share this with you in case (like me) you haven’t seen something like this before.

Check out his wares here… http://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/youyoudecal?ref=l2-shopheader-name

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I’m so taken by this sticker of Stitch with the apple logo in his hand.. so cool and so cute!

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Thoughts on a Friday night…

•August 23, 2013 • Leave a Comment

I don’t think I know anyone who has never done anything impulsive and reckless in their lives. I know I have! And as much as I regret it… I DON’T! I’d rather have livedΒ  through and experienced what I have, than die wondering what my life would have been like if I had been more impulsive, had more fun, taken more risks and done some crazy things in my time. It’s a no win situation really… damned if you do and damned if you don’t! But life is short.. and it’s yours.. best just do what you feel like doing. You only live once…as this version of you at least. Have a fun weekend! x

It’s Pimm’s O’clock!

•August 19, 2013 • 1 Comment


Pimm’s and lemonade… yum! Aka Pimm’s No.1 Cup is such a fantastic drink! I can’t help but wonder why this British classic, perfect for the summer, isn’t more popular in Colombo where summer is eternal!! Its fruity freshness being perfect for a sunny afternoon… wouldn’t it be lovely if they served this cocktail at the Galle Face Hotel, the Golf Club or any alfresco restaurant for that matter, like at the Gallery cafe or Havelock Bungalow? Why not make a big jug of it filled with slices of fruit, cucumber and mint next time you have some friends over for lunch over the weekend? Or Make a big bowl of it for your next party… I bet it’ll be a hit, especially with the ladies!

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It is as gorgeous in taste as it is in looks! And there’s a good chance you can get quite tipsy on it without your knowledge, as the fruit and lemonade disguise the already subtle taste of alcohol! Pimm’s No.1 is Gin based by the way although they have a range of Pimm’s to choose from. Check out their website for more recipes & ideas.. http://www.anyoneforpimms.com


The Recipe for Pimm’s No.1 cup is as simple as this…

Take a jug or long drink glass and fill it with ice.

Mix 1 part PIMM’S No.1 with 3 parts chilled lemonade.
Add slices of cucumber, orange and strawberry along with some fresh mint leaves and savour every delicious sip!

Enjoy! xx

Vintage jewellery display ideas…

•August 19, 2013 • 1 Comment


My first ever post on this blog was about Jewellery and so I thought I’d start again with a post on the same subject… this time I want to share some ideas on how to store and display jewellery for easy access in a vintage style. Needless to say this is a post for the girls.. πŸ˜‰


I love all things vintage…be it jewellery, painted boxes, antique glassware, pretty china and so on, and I found beautiful things at a lovely little shop called ‘Aspire’ you must visit if you like what you see (www.aspirestyle.co.uk). The miniature tailor’s dummy was a lucky find in a charity shop I was walking past πŸ™‚ I love it.. it’s so pretty!


Hope I’ve inspired you to make your dressing table a prettier place and make your jewellery look ‘n feel special!

Saffron in Solihull

•August 18, 2013 • Leave a Comment

It’s been a long while since my last post and a lot has changed since… I now live in a different country, am married and am at the beginning of a new chapter in my life so I thought it was a good time to make a come-back and start documenting my new experiences, encounters, thoughts, travels and projects here on my blog so I can look back on them in the years to come.

My home will always be Colombo, Sri Lanka but for the time being I live in a quaint little town called Solihull in England and life has been lovely since I got here. I wasn’t pleased about moving away from home but as fate would have it England has been good for me so far. It’s a whole new life and I feel like a whole new person.Β  There are so many things I’m doing for the first time and I would love to share them with you as well as I go along… Hope you will enjoy this new chapter of Saffron says!

Lots of love.. xx

To Everything a Reason…

•December 5, 2011 • Leave a Comment

“Realizing that everything that has happened to you so far has been deeply purposeful sets you free from regret and heals your wounds… But what is more important is to know that YOU chose your path and every challenge you are to face in it… We choose our life’s purpose before we are born and then live out the adventure that allows us to realize and fulfill this purpose. Once we awaken to these truths the journey becomes deeply satisfying… “